DON’T BE CONTENT!!!

Yes, you read it. Don’t be content. I did not get the title wrong. The idea of being content is something that gets stuck to us from our society since childhood. I think that the idea of being content developed because we didn’t want people to be greedy. But there is a difference between pursuing your desires apart from our needs versus being greedy. Keep wanting more, never be content but…… you should be GRATEFUL. That is what most people miss.

The following passage comes from the Gospel of Mathew in the Holy Scripture, and it has been mystified, confused and misunderstood by many people and over the centuries.

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him”

You have to admit that when you read the passage it appears unjust, as it seems to be saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. But there is a mystery to uncover, the answer has eluded so many for centuries is one hidden word: gratitude.

“Whoever has gratitude will be given more and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken away from him or her.”

By the revelation of one hidden word, a cryptic text is made crystal clear. If you don’t take the time to be grateful you’ll never have more, and what you do have will lose. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow, or whether you’re religious or not. These words apply to your life.

When you’re content you are like stagnant water. You just lay there and receive everything that is been thrown at you. Life is about living and not just existing. But like everything, this too is a double-edged sword. You should also not be greedy. But when you’re grateful you automatically won’t be greedy. There’s plenty and more for all our needs and desires but not for our greed. Forget what society tells you about being content, instead, work hard for the things that you want and grateful. Also, don’t feel guilty for wanting things because then you don’t really manifest those things and it hurts you. It’s human nature to never be content but you should be grateful. That is what separates us from being just another species. Finding the right balance between all of this is the biggest lesson in our lives and the earlier you find it, the earlier you’ll succeed in your definition of success

The 5 Golden Rules of Skin Care

Cleansing – The first rule is to cleanse every morning and night. Atleast at night because our skin renews itself when we sleep and we don’t want our skin to work with old dirty cells because if they do we start seeing acne. Not cleansing at night is one of the primary reasons why we get acne. If your a person who wears makeup then at least take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on is so very harmful to our skin.

Exfoliating – The second rule is to exfoliate your skin two times a week preferably at night because that’s when our skin renews itself and any product that you apply to your skin after exfoliation will soak in much deeper into your skin therefore increasing it’s effectiveness. Exfoliating during the morning can irritate your skin due to the environmental factors. You don’t necessarily have to buy an exfoliater for this, you can make your own by just adding a teaspoon of sugar into your cleanser. The sugar acts as an physical exfoliant. Brown sugar is a better option to use for this purpose becausae it acts not only as a physical exfoliant but also an a chemical exfoliant as it contains glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is the holy grail of exfoliation.

Using an antioxidant rich product- Use an antioxidant rich cream or serum. Antioxidants are vitamins a, b and c. It helps our skin to fight against free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on our skin and body. So by using antioxidant rich products and eating foods rich in antioxidants we prevent free radicals from attacking our body and skin.

Sunscreen – This is so important. Sunscreens act as a shield against the harmful UV rays which penetrates every time your skin is exposed to the sun. Our skin has three layers, the first one is the epidermis, the second one is the dermis and the third one is the hypodermis. UVB(ultraviolet-B rays) are the short high energy wavelengths that hit the uppermost layer the epidermis and when this layer is irritated this is what causes the redness and swelling of what appears to be a sunburn. This is what causes freckling, age spots or any kind of skin pigmentation. UVA (ultraviolet-A) reach till the hypodermis and it affects the DNA of the cells of the dermis. When this is attacked, it causes the wrinkling of your skin and sagging and also skin cancer is a real thing so we should be using sunscreen even if your not worried about your skin’s appearance.

Drinking water – This is the most important rule and is not only for your skin. Drinking water helps every part of your body. Water flushes out all the toxins from our body and therefore keeps our skin and body healthy. You can also use hydrating products in the form of toners, serums or moisturizers. An ingredient to be looking for in hydrating products are hylarounic acid. I’ve written a whole blog on this acid so check it out.

The Skincare Basics – Vitamin a, b and c

VITAMIN A / RETINOID

Vitamin A and retinoid is basically the same thing. In the bottom layers of the skin where the cells are produced in the dermis layer, it will regenerate new cells and this will push out the old ones to the surface. Our skin sheds normally after a period of 30 days. What a retinoid does is that it reduces the number of days that takes the skin to shed. For a retinoid, it takes 14-21 days to increase cell turnover. Beginners should first use retinol which can be found in stores, unlike retinoid which has to be prescribed by a dermatologist. Retinol is less stronger than retinoid. Our skin will take time to adapt to the retinol. Retinoid or vitamin a is the strongest of the three vitamins a, b and c. Start using retinol only after the age of 20.

VITAMIN B3 / NIACINAMIDE

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is one of the best forms of B vitamins for your skin. Niacinamide helps support skin clarity, improve the appearance of large pores, tames oiliness, known to support skin hydration, evens out skin tone and promote collagen for firm youthful skin. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other ingredients. Foods rich in niacinamide are yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains, etc.

VITAMIN C / ASCORBIC ACID

Vitamin c helps lighten, tighten and brighten the skin. Vitamin a b and c are all antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight our body and skin from free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on the skin and body. Eating vitamin c rich food like citrus fruits can help increase vitamin c in the body and skin. Also, vitamin c boosts your immunity system. In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin c regulates the synthesis of the structural protein collagen. Thus increasing collagen helps in the repair of damaged skin. Collagen helps the skin cells to renew and repair themselves, it also helps to keep the skin moist.

Things to remember

Don’t use all these vitamins together. Use one vitamin each day and make sure to wear sunscreen on top. Vitamin c and sunscreen together form a greater protection additive which will completely protect the skin. You get the most out of your sunscreen when you pair it with vitamin c. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other products but vitamin a and c cannot be used with all kinds of products. Make sure that you research the possibility of any harmful reactions from the products that you use and use it accordingly. Mixing products wrongly can cause really bad effects on your skin.